Canada is extending the US border restriction agreement to non-essential travel until October 21 during the coronavirus pandemic.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Friday that they will continue to base the decision on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe.
The restrictions were announced on March 18 and have been extended every month since.
Many Canadians fear a reopening. The United States has more confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 than any other country in the world.
Canada is seeing an increase in cases in recent weeks. Canada’s largest province, Ontario, reported 401 new cases on Friday.
However, essential cross-border workers like healthcare professionals, airline crews, and truck drivers can still cross.
And alos, truck drivers are critical as they transport food and medical products in both directions. Much of Canada’s food supply comes from or through the US.
Americans returning to the US and Canadians returning to Canada are also exempt from the border closure.